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Russell is a town in Ontario in Canada. It has a population of about 5,000 or so. While Russell is not part of the officially designated National Capital Region, it is usually considered to be part of same because of it's proximity to the city. It is a part of Eastern Ontario.
Russell is located just to the west of Embrun, which is considered by some people to be Embrun's "sister town" since the two share a municipality and are quite close together (about 3km/1.5 miles) by Eastern Ontario standards, although there are significant differences: Embrun has 8,000 people compared to Russell at 5,000 and Embrun is mainly French and Russell is mainly English (although that distinction has been blurred in recent years as Embrun becomes more English and the francophone minority in Russell starts to expand).
Like most towns and villages in Eastern Ontario, Russell is most accessible by car. There are private bus companies that service the area but only during the commute hours. The Village is a ten minute drive south of the 417 at the boundary Rd. exit. It is also easily reached from the west, south and east by major regional roads.
Russell is a very square shaped village with equal growth on all sides. Most major facilities are a few minutes walk away from the centre business core.
There are many eco-tourist facilities throughout the village, mostly centred around the Castor Riverfront area. There are two major parks in the core plus two more on the western edge of town. Two of these are designated conservation areas that have no commercial facilities on them. There is also a quaint core of artisan and craft oriented stores in the village as well the basic service required by any community.
There a large number of tournament and festivals held every year. Naturally hockey and soccer lead the way in sports but there is also an annual fishing derby held in the spring(as a fund-raiser for cancer research),softball tournaments and even weekly bingo and card tournaments held throughout the village.
The Keith Boyd Museum will also entertain you with artifacts and display from days gone by.
There are two family restaurants in the village that could boast a great variety and excellent quality.
One of the old hotels is still running, although it is no longer a tavern type bar. The Royal Canadian Legion is also running a lounge.